People have dogs for many reasons. Maybe you found him irresistible as a puppy or just fell in love with his eyes. No matter what, a dog that is obedient is all the more enjoyable. In order to accomplish this, you must train your dog. The piece that follows offers great tips to achieve those ends.
There are several techniques to make crate training your dog easier. If the dog doesn’t want to get in the crate try putting a chew toy in it and close the gate when they’re not there. Temptation wins with this exercise; your dog will be eager to enter the crate when a treat is waiting for him. When he does, praise him for it so he knows it was a good thing to do.
Your home is your domain. Your dog must see the environment they live in as your territory. Stepping around a lying dog or not moving the animal from a place you intend to use gives him the right of way. This should not be allowed. Dominance in the pack means exercising your power in a non-confrontational way but with firm resolve that this is your territory.
Treats are not the mainstay for rewarding your pet when training. Dogs will learn that if you give them a treat for a response they should expect it always. This is not necessary and should be reserved for occasional rewards. Dogs see loving, physical contact as a reward as well and will enjoy it much more than a treat that is gone in a split second.
Make certain you’re consistent when you are crate training your young puppy. When you allow the puppy to come out of the crate, you have to immediately and without fail give him the chance to relieve his bladder. As you continue this training, your pet will begin to wait until he gets to the appropriate location to relieve himself.
After your dog training session is completed, finish with a command that you know your dog already can do. This allows your dog’s subconscious to remember that it has completed the days training, and can also help your animal to retain the information it has learned from the training session. It also will help maintain the routine.
One of the first things most people teach their dogs is the sit command. This is very basic but is handy for your dog to know, especially when you want to get his attention. One way to teach your dog to sit is to take a piece of dog treat and hold it about six inches from his nose. Slowly raise the treat straight up and say “Fido, sit”. You may have to use your hand to help him into the position until he realizes what you want.
Encourage your dog’s cooperation in training by rewarding good behavior. Dogs respond to a calm, confident leader who earns respect. When your dog responds to commands make sure you reward him with play or food, and make sure you reward easy commands as well as harder ones to build his confidence.
Before you ever get a dog, be sure that you have everything you need. You should have: sturdy food and water bowls; a good quality of dry dog food; a comfortable bed; a crate/kennel in the right size for the dog you plan to get; and an appropriate leash and collar or harness. By having everything in place, you will avoid a lot of rushing around and uncertainty with a new dog or puppy. This will help everybody settle in better.
Are you prepared to begin? Take these ideas and begin employing them in your training sessions. A trained pet is a happy pet. It’s easy to have one too. The minute that your puppy starts obeying every word you will be happy that you decided to train him! Use the tips that work best with your situation.